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Photo Guide: 2013 Topps Football SP variations

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By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Topps included short-printed variations of 55 different cards in 2013 Topps Football. The SPs all feature alternative photographs, from rookie poses to action shots and images of players running through the tunnel before a game.

Key veteran players include Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

Rookies are also featured – including E.J. Manuel, Eddie Lacy and Geno Smith.

The most intriguing short-print belongs to Patriots acquisition Tim Tebow. Tebow began his career with the Broncos, and led Denver to the playoffs following the 2011 season. That season, the Broncos faced the Patriots in Week 15, with the Pats winning 41-23.

Following the game, Tebow and New England QB Tom Brady met at midfield, sharing platitudes and giving each other a quick hug.

A photo from that meeting now graces Tebow’s super-short-printed variation, number SP-TT.

Another rare short-print shows case breaker Brent Williams, who won a contest in last year’s Topps product. The Williams card shows him in a rushing pose as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Here’s a guide to the SP variations in 2013 Topps Football.

VETERAN BASE CARD VARIATIONS

1 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
(Running forward)

peterson

20 Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
(Red jersey)

ryan

40 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
(Running; white jersey)

boldin

50 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
(Arms raised)

luck

51 Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
(Hurdling)

thomas

70 Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
(Running sideways)

morris
100 Tom Brady, New England Patriots
(Blue jersey)

brady
120 Ed Reed, Houston Texans
(Carrying the ball)

reed
125 C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
(Pink gloves)

spiller
130 Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Running against Raiders)

martin

150 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
(Smoke in background)

rg3

160 Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
(Hurdling)

richardson_trent

175 J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
(Smoke in background)

watt

200 Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
(Orange jersey)

manning

210 Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
(Catching pass)

gronk

221 Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
(Hair flying)

matthews

230 Arian Foster, Houston Texans
(Blue jersey)

foster

250 Calvin Johnson Jr., Detroit Lions
(Legs apart)

johnson_calvin

270 Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
(Scoring TD)

jones_julio

280 Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
(White jersey)

wilsonr

336 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
(Celebration)

kaepernick

340 Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
(Blue jersey)

welker

375 Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
(Running with ball)

bryant_dez

398 Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
(Catching pass)

witten

400 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
(White jersey)

brees

408 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
(White gloves)

crabtree

410 Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
(Looking upfield)

johnson_andre

415 Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
(Scoring TD)

cobb

430 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
(Pink gloves)

fitzgerald

440 Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
(Pumping fist)

flacco

ROOKIE BASE CARD VARIATIONS

11 Manti Te’o, San Diego Chargers
(Catching the ball)

teo

37 Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
(Ball in left hand)

ellington

43 Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Throwing across body)

glennon

61 Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
(Catching pass)

ball

74 Stepfan Taylor, Arizona Cardinals
(Cradling ball)

taylor_stepfan

112 Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
(Stands in background)

austin

126 Geno Smith, New York Jets
(Running)

smith_geno

145 Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers
(Catching ball)

franklin

155 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
(Ball in left hand)

hopkins

159 Ryan Nassib, New York Giants
(Ball to side)

nassib

215 E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills
(Passing)

manuel

245 Matt Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles
(Crowd in background)

barkley

248 Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans
(Celebration)

hunter

281 Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
(Running)

woods

314 Marcus Lattimore, San Francisco 49ers
(Crowd in background)

lattimore

317 Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
(Catching ball)

reed_jordan

332 Tyler Wilson, Oakland Raiders
(Ball at chest)

wilson

358 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
(Hurdling)

bernard

384 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
(Celebration)

ertz

386 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
(Running)

patterson

402 Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots
(Cradling ball)

dobson_aaron

403 Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
(Ball in left hand)

bell

406 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
(Ball in right hand)

lacy

407 Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
(Arm raised)

eifert

435 Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
(Catching ball)

allen_keenan

SUPER-SHORT-PRINTS

SP-TT Tim Tebow

tebow

BW-SP Brent Williams

williams

8 Comments

David Johnson

The Calvin Johnson photo looks like he peed his pants.

Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
Lucas

Haha it does. Could it be a shadow?

Posted August 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

Haha … well played. The ‘water’ pattern is interesting, isn’t it? The photo used on Johnson’s card was taken during a Dec. 30, 2012 game against the Bears. No, it’s not a shadow – other photos from that game show a similar pattern on Calvin’s pants. Perhaps the 1990 Pro Set Fred Marion ‘belt’ card has finally met its match!

Posted August 26, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink
Scott

So much better than the baseball variations.

Posted August 26, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink
JonathanI

The variations are so uncreative and non-glamorous that Topps needs to say things like “ball in left hand” or “carrying the ball” to distinguish them from the “regular” cards. What’s the difference? “ball in right hand” or “dropping the ball”? Now, that is special. When cards are cool enough for people to collect on their own merits, one need not make multiple variations and “super short prints” to garner attention.

Posted August 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
Candido Manzano

Very nice, especially all the Denver Broncos variations.

Posted September 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
Erick

I think these are a good idea in theory but when they first did them they had better ideas like with Favre’s card (tractor, Lombardi, etc).

Make it so it’s a slight bit more obvious you pulled one instead of (if you actually do or would) spend hours to go back through your commons and see if you missed one.

I do think it’s cool to have an extra variation to chase- especially with the non- rookies (we are already chasing those anyways) but again, the Kaepernick one makes sense because that’s his celebration (or was depending on your view of things) but to have it where they simply move the ball from one hand to the next is kind of lame in my opinion.

What’s the deal with Marion’s “belt”?

Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink
Erick

Well Mark Schlareth admitted to peeing his pants on the field… Reminds me of when I was watching a Colts game and one of the O-lineman, wearing white pants, had a “Brown Mud Stain” down the back of his pants- dead centered.

That happens playing sports sometimes but this was in the 90′s and the Colts played on ASTROTURF!!! Umm…. explain THAT!!

Was probably Siragusa given that he sells diapers now.

Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

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